The Occupational Therapist contracted or employed through the Hospital is responsible for providing occupational therapy services to home health patients. Responsible for being knowledgeable of standard of practice of Occupational Therapy in an home health setting.
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE
- A Bachelor's degree or higher in Science in Allied Health Professions in Occupational Therapy from an accredited program required
- Current license for Occupational Therapist in the State of Ohio required
- Preferred two years of community/home health experience as an occupational therapist
- Current CPR (AHA BLS)certificate required
- Valid Ohio’s driver license and maintain motor vehicle insurance
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Demonstration of general knowledge of the principles and practices of appropriate customer service in a healthcare setting.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with all customers.
- Ability to present facts and recommendations effectively in oral and written form.
- Knowledgeable of the roles and scope of practice and standard of care for Occupational
- Therapy services.
- Demonstrates effective problem solving, decision making, interpersonal, and team work skills.
- Demonstration of time management and organizational skills
- Successful completion of mandatory requirements including unit proficiencies/competencies
- Various evaluation and therapeutic tools/ equipment for delivering care.
- Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Home Health Information System
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Evaluates patient’s functional status (muscle function, endurance, visual coordination, written and verbal communication skills, self-care ability, work capacity, etc).
- Evaluates home environment for hazards or barriers to more independent living.
- Identifies equipment needs.
- Participates in the development of the total plan of care.
- For patients who plan to return to work, the occupational therapist may perform work capacity evaluation and may refer to specialized vocational training in accordance with policy.
- Develops treatment program and establishes goals for improved function. Communicates plan of care to referring physician.
- May teach new skills or retrain patient in once familiar daily activities that have been lost due to illness or injury, in accordance to policy.
- May fabricate splints and instruct patient in the use of various types of adaptive equipment to improved function.
- Complete all charting for each visit within 24 hours.
- May train patient in the use of prosthetic and/or orthotic device.
- Identifies patient and family/caregiver needs for other home health services and refers as necessary.
- Prepares and submits clinical and progress summaries based on the attainment of goals.
- Participates in discharge planning for patient.
- Prepares and submits a clinical progress summary based on the attainment of goals.
- Provides in-service education programs for nursing organizational personnel as needed.
- Participates in peer consultation process.
- When therapy is the only skilled services, instructs, supervises and evaluates home health aide care every two (2) weeks.
- Records proper charging of patient treatments.
- Participates in quality improvement activities.
- Collaborates and communicates effectively with team members, physicians and their office staff, and other healthcare providers to coordinate patient plan of care.
- Maintains patient records accurately with documentation of all aspects of the care delivered.
- Assists in orientation and training of new personnel.
- Answers telephone and returns voice mail messages daily.
- Assists director to problem solve operational issues.
- Demonstrates a positive attitude and takes the initiative to implement changes.
- Assures that patient information is maintained in confidential manner and complies with HIPPA regulations.
- Assists staff with conflict resolution by providing guidance and support.
- Demonstrates ability to multi-task and prioritize work maintaining accuracy of work within established times frames.
- Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
- Participates in mandatory in-services, staff meetings and educational programs.
- Demonstrates an initiative in personal/ professional development.
- Presents a professional image.
- Assists with control of costs through the judicious use of human and material resources.
- Assists director in evaluating technical competencies of staff during a probationary period and annual performance appraisals.
- Actively participates in departmental meetings, committees and departmental strategic plan initiatives, educational programs and mandatory in-services.
- Complies with all Joint Commission rules and regulations.
- Complies with all Rehabilitation Board rules and regulations and professional conduct standards.
- Supports the mission, values and vision of the organization.
- Demonstrates knowledge of disaster/emergency procedures and responds appropriately.
- Perform tasks that are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the job.
- Other duties as assigned.